One Vote Annual Conference

One Vote Annual Conference

A conference on technological interventions in elections

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Submissions close 26 Jan 2022, 11:00 PM

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Context

In recent years, electoral processes, results and integrity of the results have been the focus of heated discussions. Alongside this, there have been continuous collaborative efforts to determine the security of the technology along with impact on rights, privacy and data governance. The various reports around the prototyping of blockchain based technology to be used for elections in India provide a perfect opportunity to examine the topic and acquire sufficient insights.

Many countries are exploring and experimenting a set of different approaches to enable more streamlined voting that is secure, efficient and auditable. As part of the conference, we will discuss some of the following topics:

  1. Challenges in transitioning traditional and established voting processes to more digital and auditable models.
  2. Examining the approaches and experiments underway (in other countries) to better understand technical, social and rights centric challenges.
  3. How to examine and evaluate the various technology choices being made specific to electoral processes.

Key takeaways for participants

  1. A framework with which to examine technology choices and policy decisions.
  2. Knowledge about the key challenges being addressed by various countries, researchers and governing bodies as they seek to make the transition to digital technologies.

Who should participate

A topic of this nature is designed to appeal to the widest cross section of the audience, including:

  • Researchers and practitioners at the intersection of technology, rights and data.
  • Cybersecurity and data security practitioners and experts.
  • Policy designers who are engaged in developing the guidelines for the transition.
  • Organization leaders who have elections on a smaller scale as part of the governance processes, and seek to examine new approaches.
  • Journalists and columnists who write about current affairs and politics.

Who should speak at the conference

This list is indicative, and not exhaustive:

  1. Experts undertaking research and development on voting related technologies.
  2. Academic researchers examining the impact of technology interventions in electoral processes.
  3. Cybersecurity researchers and experts.
  4. Policymakers.

About the conference curators

  1. Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay
  2. Dr. Syed Taha Ali, teacher at NUST; information security practitioner.
  3. Maansi Varma and Praavita of Article 21 Trust

Contact details: For information about speaking and participation, leave a comment on Comments Page. The organizing team will get back to you.

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One Vote is an initiative to examine a diverse set of inputs and perspectives regarding the introduction and evolution of technology as part of the elections. We use public discourse, deliberations and reports to raise awareness about this topic for a lay audience. One Vote is designed to enable cr… more

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Article 21 Trust endeavours to work on issues at the intersection of technlogy and welfare. Some of the issues we have worked on include Aadhaar related concerns, data protection, non personal data governance, technology and justice, One Nation One Ration etc. more
We are a non-partisan campaign of citizens, scholars, activists, technologists and lawyers concerned about the Unique Identification or Aadhaar project and its impact on our rights and freedoms. Through public campaigns, research, and public engagement, we critically engage with the use of technolo… more
Founded in 2017, The Bastion is an independent digital magazine reporting on India’s development journey, in-depth. To read our journalism, visit www.thebastion.co.in! more
We are a group of nonpartisan citizens, scholars, students, and technologists focused on the critical role technology plays in the election life cycle. This initiative started as an academic research project but has now broadened into an outreach effort. PIVOT’s mission is to advance appropriate an… more

Shivam Shankar Singh

@shivs

How Data Transforms Elections

Submitted Dec 2, 2021

We’ve all heard the phrase “data is the new oil”. There are few fields where this is as true as it is in politics. New age campaign methods use voting data extensively to build campaigns and shape the thoughts of voters. This in itself isn’t bad, but it becomes so when the data is so granular that it allows for micro-targeting of voters along caste and community lines, and when it can be used to systematically disenfranchise voters who are statistically unlikely to vote for a particular political party. This talk will explain some of the ways in which political parties use data in their campaigns, and how that would manifest in a world of electronic voting and blockcahins in elections.

Bio:

Shivam Shankar Singh is a data analyst, campaign consultant and author of the bestsellers, How to Win an Indian Election (Penguin, 2019) and The Art of Conjuring Alternate Realities (HarperCollins, 2021). He started out in politics as a Legislative Assistant to a Member of Parliament (LAMP) Fellow and went on to witness the process of conjuring political realities while managing data analytics for some of India’s largest political parties.

He is a panelist on national television and writes for several news publications on data and politics. He graduated from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and is a 2021-22 Schwarzman Scholar.

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